Intro

I promise more food to come soon. This week is a flurry of testing recipes for various articles, classes, etc. There will be plenty of food to share. But I wanted to bring you something while I had a moment to spend with you.

So please indulge me while I show you that I’m learning to sew. You might remember my first sewing project. But this time I made some clothes. And I am pleased to announce that I managed to make my way through the pattern. This you see is a big deal for me, it is in fact the very reason why sewing has so often scared me. The patterns are written in an entirely new-to-me language. They speak in code I tell you.

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I had a lot of help I have to confess. My mother-in-law walked me through the entire process. I would read through the next step and a puzzled look would wash over me. She would rush to my side, read the same step and intrepret this new language. I would then sew what she told me to. We were a great team. And we made some adorable reversible pants and a dress that I can not wait to put on my baby girl. I wanted to see it on a little body so badly that I even considered making my 2 year old boy try it on. Not wanting to pay for the counseling sessions later in life I stopped myself.

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6 weeks folks. (Probably more like 7 or 8 – as my children tend to over-bake). I will be meeting my little girl in 6 weeks!! Do you remember my overwrought posts just weeks before number two was born? I had no idea how I would handle two. How would I manage to get them out of the car? How would I grocery shop?

You lovely people offered great advice and calmed my nerves. I learned through trial and error. For example, a 2 year old is not capable of understanding “stay here”. I learned that the hard way during my first outing with two kidlets. While mommy was trying to figure out which chocolate to buy, little Baron decided to wander. Passers by pointed out that he had left the store. I was frantic and vowed to never leave the house with two again. But I did and it’s gotten easier.

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And soon there will be three. I’m pretty sure I will not leave the house for a few years. Thank goodness for grocery delivery.

Really though I anticipate that it will be insane. There will be tears shed by a frantic mommy and I’ll probably raise my voice and have to apologize again and again. But there will be laughs and hugs and there will be a baby that I am not planning on letting go until….. well, as of right now I have no plans to let go.

I’ve been a mom for almost four and a half years now and people told me that it goes fast. They told me repeatedly. You know what?! They were right. I see that now. So I will enjoy the craziness and cherish these days as I know I will soon long for them and miss them like a dear friend that came and left.

Until my baby girl comes I will try and enjoy these last weeks of being pregnant. They will most likely be the last time I will get to experience the feeling of having a little baby kicking and hiccuping in my belly. I said I will try but I’m not making any promises. I tend to get a bit grumpy at the end. Watch out.

Thanks for indulging me and my new sewing endeavors. I hope to meet you here again real soon with something to eat.

Both of these patterns can be found in this adorable book. Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby

 

21 Responses to “Some baby clothes”

  1. Helen

    I can’t wait to meet her and see her in those pretty clothes!
    Very happy for you Ashley and the boys :)

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  2. Lara Alexander

    great work for a beginning seamstress! I can quilt, but I have never been much good at clothing, I dont know why! I was pregnant in the heat wave of last summer – swimming at the outdoor pool really did the trick! Keep cool!

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  3. Catherine

    Both of these look fantastic! I’ve been meaning to make a few of those pants… I love your use of the Heather Ross fabric! I might have to dig through my stash to see if I have any left…

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  4. Jess

    oh my goodness, so cute! I’m so impressed; I’m terrified of the sewing machine. Best of luck!

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  5. Anne

    Darling! Just darling! I love the colors and fabrics and the combinations! Cant’ wait to see your little darling in these :)

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  6. Lindsey Cota

    your clothes look absolutely fabulous! I love the prints you picked out.

    And you know, children are never to old to become mommy’s little helper and help to corral the younger ones.
    (Speaking from big sister experience)

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  7. Christine

    What adorable clothes! So cute! Congrats on the upcoming birth of your baby girl. I hope that everything goes well for you. I just welcomed my second baby, a son, on June 1st, and it has been a crazy ride! Thanks for writing about how you struggled, too, at the beginning with two. There has been such an array of emotions in this household since our little guy’s arrival! Anyway, your blog is lovely and I always enjoy stopping by! ;-)

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  8. Dana

    I’m telling you, my family would be broke if we had had a girl. The clothes are to die for. And good for you for sewing. Will you make something for me? :) When I was learning to knit, I thought it was so helpful to have a knowledgeable knitter nearby to help with every error so I didn’t get discouraged.

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  9. alison

    You did such a wonderful job on those cute baby clothes!!!

    You will make it with 3!!! I didn’t know how I would do it either, but you just figure it out!
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  10. Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Adorable!! Love the clothes.

    I have just under six weeks myself! I know I started getting grumpy last week. Not comfortable anymore but I’m also trying to cherish the time. You’re gonna be an awesome mother of three. I can tell:)

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  11. Mary Gene

    Me thinks you won’t miss a beat…life will be crazy, but you will do it with a msile on your face. Nice job sewing!! I will have to share with you what I have sewn for Rowdy, but it will have to be on the sly as it’s top secret! Anxious to meet and see the Princess.

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  12. Taryn

    I love these baby posts! Who cares if they’re not about food! I can’t wait to hear what it’s like to have three. I’m going back right now to hear what it was like in the beginning with two. I’m currently baking up twins…so I keep telling myself it will be much easier when they’re two the same age! Ignorance is bliss…:-) Congrats on your sewing success! It will be fantastic to see those little outfits on your baby girl! Much more so than seeing them on your two-year-old boy. Ha!

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  13. Kimberly Taylor

    I met your husband at a wedding he shot on Lopez Island not long ago and he told me about the sweet baby girl you are expecting. As a mother of four boys, I am especially aware of how exciting that would be~ :) Boys are a dream for a mom – especially when they hit those teenage years, but oh, to dress a baby girl!
    Congratulations – I am looking forward to going back and catching up on your older posts!
    xx

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  14. The Housewife

    These are adorable! I’m also almost reaching the end of my pregnancy…I think I’ll miss feeling those little kicks and know that this is such a special bond that only baby and I share… :)

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  15. Foodie in Berlin

    Wow, your post made me “well up” just a little bit. I have a one and a half year old and I am dragging my heels on the second one, thinking “how will I ever manage?” But look at you! 2 and a third on the way and cooking AND sewing – I can’t even sew on a button! Thanks for your post.

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  16. Shelby

    These outfits are adorable! I had something similar for my little girl when she was born, she looked so cute in them!

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